So…..the other day, after an unnecessary hiatus, I started running AGAIN!
You: “Yay!!! Congrats…I’m so proud of you!!!”
Me: “OMGosh…thank you so much!” LOL!
Mmmkay…..as I was leaving out of my apartment, I was trying to figure out what I needed to do once I got back home. I could barely lock my door because I was racking my brain, thinking about my next task. Liiiiikkkkke, I hadn’t even made it out of my apartment building and I was making a mental to-do list (on top of the written one and calendar reminders), of things that probably should come next.
As my foot hit the pavement of the sidewalk, the sun slapped me in the face, and I could hear God say to me, “Babygirl, one thing at a time.” Now, I’m a 92 things at a time, multi-tasking kinda girl, so I know He wasn’t telling me to cut that out, because that’s how He created me to be. But rather, He meant for me to stop moving to the next thing, mentally, before I could even get a handle on beginning my current task. I believe it could go along with the phrase, “Live in the moment.” And at that moment, I NEEDED to go workout. I would not have been as effective on that treadmill (it was 90 degrees outside…we don’t do 90 degree runs), had I continued to try lining up my next assignment. I would have only put in half the work, worrying about what would come next. Why? Because I would not have given running my full attention.
How many times have you half done a job because your mind was elsewhere? And out of those times, how many of them have you gone back and been annoyed with yourself, because you KNEW that wasn’t your best work? It happens all the time. We get so
fixated on what’s next that we can’t focus on what’s now. And that is a problem! It would be just as bad as going an entire day trying to figure out what you’ll wear tomorrow. What sense does that make??? NONE AT ALL! Think of it as hitting a bulls-eye; you must be committed to staring at that one dot in the middle of this large board to ensure that you are focused enough on it to hit it with a dart. Now, I know there’s no guarantee that you’ll hit it, but there is a guarantee that if you stare and aim at the wall around it, you’ll miss completely.
Hmmm…I guess…I suppose…I mean…what I am saying to you is, “FOCUS!!!” Stop living in the next moment and focus on the NOW moment. Finish what you’ve started and do it well. Make attainable goals and see them through. Don’t get so caught up in what you haven’t done yet, that you totally miss completing what you’re doing. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” The NLT version says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Verse 27 says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (NLT) Do you really gain extra time by thinking of more things to do BEFORE you actually get any things done??? Short answer: NO!
When you don’t focus, you miss stuff. You miss good stuff…important stuff…stuff that’s vital to your process. And I get it, sometimes it’s hard to just stick with what you’re doing because “there’s so much to do”, and “there aren’t
enough hours in the day”, and “if I don’t do it, it won’t get done”. Yeah….I get it…..but if you can’t focus anyway, something is bound to be missed.
So, FOCUS on the task at hand and do the rest when you can.
TTFN (tata for now)